The Philipstown Depot Youth Theatre will offer classes this winter. Each class ends with performances at the Depot Theatre. 

For grades one through three and four through seven, Living Theatre, taught by Diana Hird, will explore all aspects of the stage. Hird is an inspirational teacher, and will infuse the joy of creating a magical theatrical experience. She is an award winning playwright, director and actress, having won multiple awards at the Aery Festival including Best Play and Best Director. Hird recently wrote and co-directed Treasure Island.

For grades four through seven, The Depot is preparing a workshop production of Aristophanes’ The Birds directed by Christine Brooks Bokhour. This piece will utilize improvisation and movement. Brooks Bokhour is infusing contemporary elements into the piece (Angry Birds, today’s pop hits, etc.). She is a Broadway veteran (Chicago, Cats, among others), has directed and choreographed Once Upon A Mattress and Musical Mystery Tour, and promises to create spectacular theatre for Depot kids. Call the PhilipstownRecCenter at 845-424-4618 to register.

Living Theatre

Performance will be at 2 p.m. March 15. Directed by Hird. Wednesdays starting Jan. 8 (9 weeks, no class Feb. 19); grades one through three, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fee: $165 resident / $180 non‐resident. Grades four through seven, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Fee: $230 resident/$245 non-resident.

The Birds by Aristophanes (grades 4 to 7)

This workshop production will tell the comedic tale of a people’s journey to escape their impoverished surroundings. Additional rehearsal will be Thursday, March 27 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. On Friday March 28, there will be class from 3:30 to 5 p.m. (The theatre will provide dinner before that evening’s performance.) Performances will be March 28 at 7 p.m., March 29 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and March 30 at 2 p.m. Directed by Brooks Bokhour. Fridays starting Jan. 10 (12 weeks); 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fee: $345 resident/$360 non-resident.

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